Primates in Peril

What do gorillas, lemurs and orangutans have in common? Well in addition to them all being apes, they are also three of the 25 most endangered primates in the world. This, according to a recent survey by Conservation International, which notes that because of bush-meat hunting, habitat loss, and illegal trade in animals, some 59 percent of primate species are in danger of being wiped out. The report also notes the situation is worst in Asia, where the hunting of monkeys puts many species at terrible risk. With respect to those 25 that are most endangered, the study author stated “you could fit all the surviving members into a single football stadium.” No doubt, addressing this primate issue leaves little time for monkeying around.

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